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Menotti’s The Medium

A Virtual Performance Filmed on Location at the H. Lloyd Hawkins, Jr. Scenic Studio.

A “Sensational Success” for Menotti! (Kobbé’s Opera Book)

Plot Snapshot: A not-so-real psychic has a surprise encounter with the ‘unknown’ leading to murder and mayhem!

This opera contains adult themes of violence, abuse, and murder.

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Premieres on YouTube April 16, 2021 at 7:30 pm.

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The Cast

Victoria Livengood

Madame Flora

Sarah Jane McMahon

Monica

Carlo Barrera

Toby

Amy Pfrimmer

Mrs. Gobineau

Kathryn Frady

Mrs. Nolan

Dennis Jesse

Mr. Gobineau

The Creative Team

James Marvel

Stage Director

Robert Lyall

Conductor

Keith Christopher

Technical Director

Nathan Arthur

Scenic Designer

S. Katy Tucker

Projection Designer

Mandi Wood

Lighting Designer

Sarah McCall

Production Manager

Julie Winn

Costumer

Emily Barber

Stage Manager

Olivia Winter

Properties Mistress

James Lanius

Projections Engineer

Jonathan Szymanski and Jesse Reeks

Rehearsal Pianist

India Mack

COVID Compliance Officer

Laurin Hart

Wig Assistant

Featuring The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

VIOLIN 1

Yaroslav Rudnytsky

VIOLIN 2

Byron Tauchi

VIOLA

Tyler Sieh

CELLO

David Rosen

BASS

David Anderson

FLUTE

Sarah Schettler

OBOE

Jane Gabka

CLARINET

Daniel Parrette

BASSOON

Benjamin Atherholt

HORN

Jamie Leff

TRUMPET

Vance Woolf

PERCUSSION

Dave Salay

KEYBOARD

Yui Asano

Jonathan Syzmanski

Filmed by Esplanade Studios
Misha Kachkachishvili, Audio Engineer
Jesse Snider, D/P Editor
Travis Marc, Videographer

IATSE Local #39 

President – Keith Christopher 

Business Manager – Alan Arthur 

Lighting Designer – Mandi Wood 

Head Carpenter – William Borne

IATSE Local #840 

Theatrical Wardrobe Union 

President – Shannon Muhleisen 

Secretary/Treasurer – Lesly Davi 

Business Agent – Bonnie Haase 

Wardrobe — Stephanie Kuhn  

H. Lloyd Hawkins Scenic Studio  

Technical Director – Keith Christopher  

Properties Mistress – Olivia Winter 

Carpenter – Keith Tujaque

Painter – Nathan Arthur 

Special thanks to Steven Bryant for the use of the wig worn by Victoria Livengood.


Menotti’s The Medium: A Perspective

By Robert Lyall, Artistic Director, New Orleans Opera

In spite of an impressive list of instrumental compositions—a symphony, a symphonic poem, two piano concerti, a violin concerto, a double-bass concerto, a Triple Concerto featuring three groups of three soloists, and a ballet, works written over a period of four decades, it is Gian Carlo Menotti’s operas that have endured. Not surprisingly, there are also very few symphonic or chamber works by Verdi and Puccini that have an established place in the world musical repertoire. For the Italianate musical mind, language–specifically drama–was the greatest stimulation for creativity. The same is said of the giovane scuola, (young school) of Italian opera composers who followed Verdi at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Virtually all of this “school” (Puccini, Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Cilea and several others) were based at the Milan Conservatory and adhered to the operatic style known as “verismo”—drama based in everyday reality. — READ MORE

This opera contains adult themes of violence, abuse, and murder.

An additional note about the language: To many, the word ‘Gypsy’, referring to Roma people who migrated from India centuries ago, is a pejorative. The New Orleans Opera did not eliminate or change the word from the original libretto written in 1946, and you will hear it in this recording. New Orleans Opera rejects all forms of racism and sexism and rather than remove it, we encourage conversation and inclusion.